Arts

There’s a clever motif used throughout the cool and darkly comic Norwegian thriller “In Order of Disappearance,” opening Sept. 9 at Ritz Theatres. Whenever a character snuffs it, his name is flashed on the screen with the appropriate religious symbol. Several of the departed are wrapped in chicken wire and hurled over a waterfall by Nils (Stellan Skarsgård), a snow-plow operator who is hell-bent on avenging his son Ingvar’s (Aron Eskeland) wrongful death.

The delirious cult film “Antibirth,” written and directed by Danny Perez, is as scrappy as its characters. Lesbian icon and “Orange is the New Black” star Natasha Lyonne (who also produced) plays Lou, a party girl who finds herself pregnant but doesn’t recall having sex.

In the fitfully funny comedy “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates,” opening July 8, the title characters (Adam Devine and Zac Efron, respectively) are brothers forced by their parents’ intervention to bring nice, respectable girls to their sister Jeanie’s (Sugar Lyn Beard) nuptials in Hawaii. Apparently, too many family gatherings have been catastrophes because of the siblings’ bad behavior and worse judgment. There is even a very amusing video to prove it.

Gay filmmaker Will Allen’s astonishing first-person documentary “Holy Hell” is a cautionary tale that recounts his experiences in the Buddhafield, a West Hollywood cult that formed in the mid-1980s.

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